AG Gansler and State Housing Department Grant Nearly $17M to Benefit Homeowners, Housing Rehabilitation Projects and Neighborhoods
17 community organizations and agencies from across the state to begin or expand programs and provide greater housing opportunities to families
Baltimore, MD ( June 6, 2013) - Standing in a North Baltimore neighborhood where once-vacant homes are being revitalized, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced that 17 community and government organizations are receiving a total of $16.9 million in Neighborhood Conservation Initiative (NCI) funds. The grants are expected to improve housing options for Maryland families and stabilize neighborhoods across the state. The funds are the result of two recent housing-related settlements by Attorney General Gansler and will be administered and monitored by DHCD.
"We selected proposals that will improve the lives of thousands of Marylanders who strive for better housing opportunities," said Attorney General Gansler. "While families benefit and neighborhoods improve, helping the housing market stabilize, the work being funded by these grants also provides much-needed community-based jobs."
"Governor O'Malley and Lt. Governor Brown believe that there is no place in our state as important as the family home," said DHCD Secretary Raymond A. Skinner. "These awards will go a long way in promoting affordable housing, community revitalization and help create jobs, allowing these neighborhoods to move forward and thrive."
The grant funds originate from two separate Attorney General settlements. The Attorneys General National Mortgage Settlement provided Maryland with $59 million, from which $14 million was designated for Neighborhood Stabilization programs. Another settlement, the $120 million national settlement with Lender Processing Services, Inc., provided Maryland with $2.9 million. In January, Lender Processing Services, Inc., settled allegations that it engaged in improper robo-signing and surrogate signing on mortgage defaults and foreclosures.
According to the latest quarterly progress report by the Court-appointed Monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement, more than 16,600 Maryland homeowners have received more than $1.3 billion in relief - with an additional $60 million in process for nearly 500 Maryland homeowners - as of March 31, 2013.
In February, money from the settlement and funds from DHCD provided $11.8 million in grants to 39 members of the Maryland HOPE Counseling Network, representing the highest level of funding for foreclosure prevention counseling in state history. Additionally, $6.2 million in settlement funds coupled with $2.8 million from DHCD has been allocated to nine legal aid nonprofits to expand services to distressed homeowners across Maryland.
The NCI Neighborhood Stabilization Grant Recipients:
- East Baltimore Development Corporation, Inc - BUILD ($948,125)
To acquire and rehabilitate houses to be rented in the City Arts section of Baltimore.
- Greater Homewood Community Corporation ($500,000)
To acquire and rehabilitate houses for resale in the Harwood section.
- Healthy Neighborhoods ($2.5 million)
To acquire and rehabilitate houses for resale in 12 neighborhoods in which it has existing projects.
- Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. ($1.0 million)
To acquire and rehabilitate houses to be rented in Brooklyn Park.
- Baltimore County ($2,750,000)
For homebuyers to receive down payment assistance in identified zip codes; acquisition, rehabilitation and rental or resale of houses and acquisition and renovation of building for use as a shelter.
- Home Partnership, Inc. ($500,000)
For homebuyers to receive down payment assistance in Aberdeen, Abingdon and Edgewood.
The National Capital Region
- Enterprise Community Partners ($3 million)
To acquire and preserve rental units in a multi-family rental development in Hyattsville and to use funds in a revolving loan fund once permanent financing is in place.
- Montgomery Housing Partnership, Inc. ($500,000)
To acquire and rehabilitate houses to be rented in Silver Spring and to provide building security lighting and community building improvements.
- Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County ($735,000)
For homebuyers to receive down payment assistance in 5 zip codes.
- Frederick County ($1 million)
For homebuyers to receive down payment assistance in Frederick City and Brunswick and to establish a Land Trust which will acquire, rehabilitate and sell housing units.
- Washington County ($715,000)
For homebuyers to receive down payment assistance and to acquire, rehabilitate and sell or rent housing units in Hagerstown.
- Allegany County Human Resources Development Corporation ($250,000)
To renovate a building to be used as a Head Start Center serving children in a Cumberland neighborhood in need of such support services for low income families.
- Housing Authority of St. Mary's County ($500,000)
To acquire, rehabilitate and sell housing units in Lexington Park.
- Delmarva Community Services, Inc. ($400,000)
To acquire, rehabilitate and sell housing units in Cambridge.
- Habitat for Humanity Choptank ($624,000)
To acquire, rehabilitate and sell housing units in Easton.
- Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. ($721,000)
To acquire, rehabilitate and sell housing units in Salisbury.
- Housing Commission of Talbot County ($350,005)
To acquire, rehabilitate or construct and rent housing units in Easton.
For more information on the National Mortgage Settlement visit AG Gansler's website:
For more information about foreclosure prevention and housing counseling, visit: http://www.mdhope.org
For more information about the allocation of nearly $60 million in settlement funds, visit
For photos of today's press conference, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/marylandoag/sets/72157633970234201/